Machine and Process Management

Moore’s Law presents Opportunities and Challenges for Industrial Automation and Aerospace Manufacturers

Intel was founded in 1968 by Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce. I, like many others have a sticker on my laptop that reminds me that their microprocessor products are in… Read more »

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Without information mining stops!

In Australia, I have seen a bumper sticker that states “Without trucks Australia stops”.  This statement is in reference to the important role that trucks play in the process of… Read more »

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Are today’s customers loyal?

I don’t think this question can be answered with a simple yes or no. The market in which we operate today does not lend itself to being able to plainly… Read more »

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Is traceability from “farm to fork” necessary?

With food safety incidents on the rise, more and more of us are worried about where our food is coming from.  We all expect our food to be safe and… Read more »

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The central control room in 5 basic disciplines

A central control room is the dream of any intensive operation: The desire to have in a single location,  several remote operations and the ability to take business decisions. But… Read more »

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Five Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency in your Process

It’s easy to understand why Industrial Energy Management often starts with the building utilities, such as HVAC adjustments, boiler tuning, lighting upgrades, and air compressors: 1. The role of the Energy… Read more »

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How mobility, big data, and social media impact the mining and metals industry

I’ve always liked to write articles about trends and their applications in the heavy / process industries. Most of the time, I’ve focused on trends related to automation, process control,… Read more »

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Is your plant running efficiently enough to win a marathon?

Running your plant or business is just like running a marathon.  You need to set your goals right, short term as well as long term. You need to have a… Read more »

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Sustainability driving competitive advantage for the mining industry

For some time I have been thinking about the realism of society moving towards a sharing culture. What happens when we “borrow” instead of “buy”? I was reminded of this… Read more »

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Video analytics technology and the impact for the mining and metals industries

Even though the systems are high tech, the concept of the video analytics is quite simple: the ability of the camera systems to analyze images in a defined context. Without… Read more »

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Adding smart technologies to material working machines in the new digital economy

From heavy metalworking machinery to precision glass cutting systems, material working systems are part of the new digital OEM enterprise. To increase customer satisfaction, you must supply safe, efficient and… Read more »

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The IIoT as Job Creator and Money Maker

Often termed the fourth industrial revolution, it’s easy to conclude that the progress being generated by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) will result in job losses. When we think… Read more »

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A Profit Engine for your enterprise? It’s under control…

It may seem like an obvious statement, but technology can have a major impact on the profitability of a business. When the right technologies are applied in the right areas,… Read more »

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Building smarter pumping systems with automation

A case study on improving efficiencies and saving energy Growing concern for the environment is driving increased regulatory and consumer focus on energy and water efficiency – and pump manufacturers… Read more »

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How Convergence of Power & Process Management Systems Benefits the Oil & Gas Industry

Oil & Gas enterprises to bear a significant amount of avoidable and unnecessary expense by operating power & process management systems as separate silos. Working with multiple vendors across wide domains… Read more »

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Situational awareness: Man vs Machine

Alert ! – situational awareness, the concept of knowing a complex dynamic situation and being able to decide and act on it quickly, and more importantly, decide better and faster than… Read more »

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The Golden Age of Control

Real-time process control has been effectively applied across industrial operations to improve operational efficiency for decades. In fact, the application of real-time process control for efficiency improvement is so mature… Read more »

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Power to the people: The human factor in the plant of the future

So you’ve updated your plant with all the latest bells and whistles. Your assets are all smart and connected; you’ve installed the latest technologies; you’re armed with big data and… Read more »

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Know, Think, & Do – Resources on Digitization in Mining that can Help you make some sense of it all

Digitization in the mining industry remains the topic of much discussion…and much confusion!  In fact, I just returned from a trip to China where I heard people say, “We don’t… Read more »

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4 New Technologies Combine to Boost Industrial Production

In light of our exciting collaboration with Microsoft, this post takes a look at four innovative technologies that will ultimately combine to boost industrial production: the IoT, the cloud, artificial… Read more »

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Schneider Electric’s Acquisition of Invensys and what it means for our System Integrator Alliance Partners

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Schneider Electric has acquired Invensys. With the regulatory process complete, we are now in a position to share more information with you on… Read more »

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Once upon a time – how big data is changing everything

I finally traded in the old Chevy on a new car. Among the many items I took out of my 2007 Impala was a book of street maps of the… Read more »

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The 4 keys of Operational Excellence in Mining

As stated in my previous blog entitled, “Mining operational excellence…shoot for the stars, but be happy to land on the moon,” Operational Excellence can broadly be defined as a state… Read more »

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FLEX: A New Approach to Delivering Top Quality Automation Projects on Time and on Budget

When a company is building any kind of process plant they must respect three aspects: schedule, cost and quality. These elements form a sort of three-legged stool from the customer’s… Read more »

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About Energy Efficiency of Induction Motor Applications: Two Reasons to Choose a Variable Speed Drive (VSD).

Energy efficiency of an induction motor is a well established topic for academic as well as for industry. I will present in a series of posts on how VSD is… Read more »

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Smart Machines Enable More Machine Builder Innovation

Machine builders have always been very innovative in developing their machines to deliver best values to their end users. In order to compete, most machine builders strive to provide end… Read more »

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Building Cybersecurity Knowledge Is Critical First Step to Secure Industrial Networks

Cybersecurity is a critical topic for industrial control systems that will continue to accelerate in importance over the coming years.  Personnel working with industrial control systems everywhere in the world… Read more »

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How can we best communicate our message of Energy Efficiency in social networks?

Who are we? That’s a big question, one of the most important questions that we should solve in order to transmit any message. Communications is a simple transmission of information,… Read more »

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Playing DICE with Dr. Diesel’s Moteur to reduce CO2 Intensity

When you look at causality between Carbon in the atmosphere climbing rapidly since the industrial revolution and seemingly going over the top of the ‘carbon budget’ (the point at which… Read more »

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A Look Back at the Data and Asset Management Software User Conference

Our Data and Asset Management Software User Conference for Avantis, eDNA, EBS and PRiSM customers in Chicago this October provided a great opportunity for peers and software experts to share… Read more »

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